Heat’s Antoine Walker reveals reason why Shaquille O’Neal was ecstatic after 2006 championship
Antoine Walker knows that Shaquille O’Neal won four NBA championships in his career – three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. Surely, winning a three-peat is a difficult feat as only a handful of teams have done so. However, Shaq’s title win in Miami apparently holds a dear place in his heart.
Antoine Walker, O’Neal’s teammate with the 2006 Heat championship team, revealed in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that The Diesel was ecstatic for finally winning one without Kobe Bryant, his former partner-in-crime with the Lakers.
“He had a little thing going on with Kobe about those guys seeing if they can win a title without each other. He was excited to get one and to be able to do with D-Wade. He was really, really excited because he had a lot of pressure. He wanted to go out and win one without Kobe and he did and accomplished that.
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) May 9, 2020
O’Neal and the late Kobe Bryant had some beef going on towards their partnership in Los Angeles. This led to a split from the two megastars with O’Neal heading to the Heat.
With Miami, Shaq formed a dynamic duo with another rising star in Dwyane Wade. Of course, Shaq eventually won his first ring without The Black Mamba after helping lead the Heat to the 2006 title.
Apparently, seeing O’Neal win with the Heat — and without Kobe — ate Bryant up. Bryant eventually won his first championship without Shaq three years later in 2009. In 2010, Bryant surpassed his former teammate and won his fifth and Final championship in a classic 7-game series against the Boston Celtics.
Kobe and Shaq, before they divorced and Shaq went to the Heat, were one of the greatest tandems in NBA history. Their split in Los Angeles might have been sour, but they eventually patched things up and remained great friends off the court.